Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton trolls to be reported to cops in Palace crackdown on abuse

Buckingham Palace officials published rules for those posting or commenting on its social media channels and those of Clarence House and Kensington Palace.

The moves to block abusers and pursue the worst legally follow growing alarm at trolls targeting Kate and Meghan.

Both Duchesses have faced offensive and sexist comments on Instagram and Twitter. Meghan, who closed all her personal social media accounts before her wedding last May, has also suffered racist abuse.

The Palace statement asked for those engaging with its online channels to show “courtesy, kindness and respect”.

The rules listed on the Royal Family website say comments should not be “defamatory, deceive others, be obscene, offensive, threatening, abusive, hateful, inflammatory or promote sexually explicit material, violence . . . or discrimination”.

Meghan was called a “textbook sociopath narcissist” in one spiteful post. She has also been accused of faking her pregnancy and been subject to threats of violence.

Another poster described Kate as having a “manic face and weird body movement”.

Kensington Palace officials say they spend several hours a week trying to moderate and delete abusive comments. More royal aides are now taking a stand if abuse “crosses a line”.

Insiders say even seemingly innocuous comments criticising a dress can cause upset, which has led to the first formal guidance on social media from the Royal Family.


A source told The Sun: “It was pretty vile for a while.

“There are automated tools which help to police the very inappropriate comments getting through and also manual moderation — but there are often thousands of comments.

“It only takes a couple of people to stir up a really nasty conversation with people being very aggressive. The issue of concern is about how people are treating each other.”

Princes William and Harry have both spoken about the harmful effects of social media on people’s mental health.

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